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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Ka‘ū News Briefs Monday, November 6, 2017

Pre-register for the Nov. 25 Annual Floating Lantern Celebration at Punalu‘u by Monday, Nov. 20, to honor loved
ones, friends, families and caregivers. See story below. Photo from krhcai.com
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I HILO, THE CLOSEST COLLEGE TO KA‘Ū, RANKS 2ND BEST in Hawai‘i, ahead of Chaminade University of Honolulu, reports a recent study by the personal-finance website WalletHub.com.
      University of Hawai‘i Hilo is first statewide in Admission Rate and Net Cost, second in Student-Faculty Ratio and third in Gender & Racial Diversity, Graduation Rate, Post-Attendance Median Salary Rate and low rates of On-Campus Crime,
     WalletHub points to good quality in public college education. “With years of state budget cuts to higher education adversely affecting the cost and quality of schools and research showing that public institutions can outperform private colleges in terms of graduates' career outcomes,” WalletHub set upon ranking colleges and universities in the U.S. for those thinking of enrolling in 2018. In the interest of helping “college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub's analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 26 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary,” says the report.
     The report lists University of Hawai‘i Manoa as first in the Top 3 Colleges & Universities in Hawai‘i. With the data showing that the school is first in Gender & Racial Diversity and Post-Attendance Median Salary, second in Admission Rate, Student-Faculty Ratio, On-Campus Crime, and Gradation Rate, and third in Net Cost.
     Chaminade University of Honolulu ranks third on the Top 3 list. It is first in Student-Faculty Ratio, On-Campus Crime, and Graduation Rate, second in Net Cost, Gender & Racial Diversity, and Post-Attendance Median Salary, and third in Admission Rate.
Nohea Ka‘awa with her daughter Leiahi (front) in the Makahiki Relay in
2015. She invites everyone to participate in the run through Ka‘ū and
the celebration at Wai‘ōhinu Park this Friday.
     View the Best Colleges & University overall at wallethub.com/edu/college-rankings/40750/, Best Colleges at wallethub.com/edu/best-colleges-in-the-us-ranking/40748/, and Best Universities at wallethub.com/edu/best-universities-in-usa-ranking/39704/.

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A CEREMONIAL RELAY AROUND THE ISLAND, called Makahiki ‘Aha Pule ‘Āina Holo, comes through Ka‘ū on Friday, Nov. 10. The public is invited to the Makahiki, harvest celebration, with a Mea‘ai Pono, potluck, at 11 a.m. in Wai‘ōhinu Park. One of the organizers, Nohealani Ka‘awa, said runners are also invited to travel through the Ka‘ū District and volunteers can help to feed all the participants. Drivers can extend "a honk with a shaka when you pass," the relay runners, she said. "Makahiki season is here so let's celebrate the Aloha we have for our ‘Āina E OLA?!!" said Ka‘awa.

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Residents, visitors and tourists join the annual Floating 
Lantern Ceremony at Punalu‘u on Saturday, Nov. 25.
Photo from krhcai.com
THE ANNUAL FLOATING LANTERN CELEBRATION, “Honoring Past, Present and Future Generations,” will be presented by the Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach Park, Medicine Pond.
The first 100 to sign up will receive lanterns
to decorate with the names of loved ones.
Photo by Julia Neal
     The event offers Taiko Drum-mers, a Gi Gong demon-stration, hula performances and entertainment by local musicians.
     Those interested in joining and honoring loved ones, friends, families and caregivers must pre-register before Monday, Nov. 20. Floating lanterns for inscribing messages will be available to the first 50 registrants.
     Donations to the organization are tax deductible and will be used towards a College Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in health careers, states a, event flyer released by Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association.
     To register or for more information, call the Ka‘ū Resource and Distance Learning Center at 928-9191, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., For photos of past celebrations, visit krhcai.com.

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Taiko drummers help celebrate the Ka‘ū Community Lantern Floating Ceremony at Punalu‘u Beach Park to honor past, present and future generations. Photo by Julia Neal
KEIKI SPORTS VOLUNTEER COACHES ARE NEEDED FOR THREE upcoming activities at Kahuku Park, according to Kahuku Park Recreation Technician Teresa Anderson of Hawai‘i County Parks and Recreation.
     Volunteer coaches are needing for Track and Field Practice, with registration already underway (ending November 28). The program is geared towards keiki ages 6 to 14. Track and Field Practice is scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays from December 8 to February 23, at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
   Two baseball programs also needing volunteer coaches start January 17. P&R Boys & Girls T-Ball Baseball League, for keiki ages 5 to 6, runs until April 11 and is scheduled to take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. with registration from November 11 to December 29. P&R Boys & Girls T-Ball Baseball League, for keiki ages 5 to 6, runs until April 13 and is scheduled to take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with registration from November 11 to December 29.
     Those interested should contact Anderson at 929-9113 on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. See hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation for more.

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Pick up the November edition of The Ka‘ū Calendar, 
free to 5,500 mailboxes throughout Ka‘ū, from Miloli‘i 
through Volcano. Also available on stands throughout
the district. See it online now at kaucalendar.com 
KA‘Ū COFFEE GROWERS MEET TUESDAY, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pāhala Community Center.

RETURN TO THE WILD: AN UPDATE ON THE ‘ALALĀ RELEASE is the Tuesday, Nov. 7, After Dark in the Park topic in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, at 7 p.m. ‘Alalā Project staff Jackie Gaudiso-Levita and Rachel Kingsley present and update on the most recent reintroduction efforts to establish a wild population of ‘alalā, the endangered Hawaiian crow. Paul Banko (USGS) and Donna Ball (USFWS) will share past experiences. Free, park entrance fees apply. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

REGISTER KEIKI GRADE K-8 FOR PAPER FALL FLOWER CRAFT by Tuesday, Nov. 7, for the class which takes place Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pāhala Community Center. For more, call 928-3102 or visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.

DISCOVER THE SKILL OF WEAVING LAU HALA with ‘Aha Pūhala o Puna on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon on the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The event is free, though park entrance fees apply. For more, visit nps.gov/HAVO.

HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UPS are offered at Ocean View Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will occur again on Tuesday, Nov. 14. For more, call 939-7033.

THE PUBLIC ACCESS ROOM AT THE STATE CAPITOL is offering citizens training to help them interact with government, especially leading up to the 2018 Hawai‘i Legislature.
     Several opportunities to learn learn about the legislative process and how to participate will be provided at the Your Voice workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i training room near the Kona Airport, and on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hawai‘i Community College Manoa Campus Building 379, Room 1 in Hilo. Both events are free to attend.
     The workshop is designed to be helpful to newcomers and seasoned advocates alike.
     For additional information, contact the Public Access Room (PAR):
phone (808)587-0478, email par@capitol.hawaii.gov, or visit LRBhawaii.org/PAR. Read the Ka‘ū News Briefs for Thursday, Oct. 26 for more.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LEGAL AID will be provided on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. at Ocean View Community Center. The event offers free social security, veterans information and legal advice. For more call 939-7033

HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEES ARE WAIVED on Saturday, nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, in acknowledgement of Veterans Day.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS that prevent native plans from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This Stewardship at the Summit event is Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8:45 a.m.
     To join the effort, meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Volunteers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants and bring a hat, rain-gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, park entrance fees waived in observance of Veteran's Day. Visit the park website for additional planning details: nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm. More events are planned for Nov. 18 and 25.

ANNUAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONY on the front lawn of Kīlauea Military Camp in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. All veterans in attendance will be invited to the Veteran’s Day Prime Rib Buffet as Kīlauea Military Camp's guests. The event is free and open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park fees will be waived. For more details, call 967-8371 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

VETERAN'S DAY BUFFET at Kīlauea Military Camp’s Crate Rim Café will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The buffet offers Prime Rib, Baked Ono and Spinach & Mushroom Alfredo. Fees are $27.95 per adult and $14.50 per child aged 6-11. The event is open to authorized patrons and sponsored guests. Park fees will be waived. For more details, call 967-8356 or visit kilaueamilitarycamp.com.

A JUMBLE & PLANT SALE is offered at St. Jude's Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All you can eat pancakes will be available for $3 per person. For more details, call 939-7000 or email StJudeHawaii@bak.rr.com.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST at the Ocean View Community Center is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more details, call 939-7033.

A "Let's Give Thanks" Chamber Music Concert at Volcano Art Center's
Ni'aulani building in Volcano Village takes place Sunday, Nov. 12.
See event below.
A PAINT YOUR OWN SILK SCARF Class will be hosted Saturday, Nov. 11,  from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Volcano Art Center. Big Island artist Patti Pease Johnson teaches color theory and silk scarf painting techniques using three colors of each artists choosing. Beginners and intermediate artists welcome. Fees are $50 per non-member and $45 per Volcano Art Center member, plus $10 supply fee per person. For more, call 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

REALMS AND DIVISIONS OF KAHUKU, a moderately difficult two-mile, guided hike at Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, takes place Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Hike Kahuku Unit’s newest trail, Pu‘u Kahuku, and explore the traditional Hawaiian classification system. Bring a snack for the talk story segment of this hike.

JAZZ IN THE FOREST, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., is Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Volcano Art Center. A special evening of “Tin Pan Alley” featuring Leslie Harlib Hal Glatzer, Jp Thoma and the Jazztones. Tickets are $20 per non-member and $18 per Volcano Art Center member (available online until Nov 10). Wine, beer, soft drinks and pupu will be available for purchase. For more call 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

RIDE SO THEY CAN WALK, THE ROTARY CLUB POLIO PLUS FUNDRAISER, begins Saturday, Nov. 11, and continues through Nov. 18. Participants ride bikes on their own schedule, desired distance and place to raise funds to help end Polio worldwide.
     To sign up for Ride So They Can Walk, make the $20 registration check to Charlene Meyers, with Polio Plus Chair on the notation line. Make out contribution checks of $100 or more to Rotary D5000 - Polio Ride. Send both to: Charlene Meyers, Polio Plus Chair, P.O. Box 59, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718.
     For more information or to sign-up contact Rotary Club Polio Plus Chair and Volcano resident, Charlene Meyers, by emailing  charlene.rotary@gmail.com or calling 985-8800.

"LET'S GIVE THANKS" CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT takes place at Ni‘aulani, Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Volcano Chambers Players, a string quartet, will play a classical chamber music concert to kick off the holiday season and celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Tickets are $25 per non-member and $20 Volcano Art Center members. For more, call 967-8222 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.

‘ŌHI‘A LEHUA, an easy, guided, one-mile walk is from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Learn about the vital role of ‘ōhi‘a lehua in native Hawaiian forests, the many forms of the ‘ōhi‘a tree and its flower. For more, visit nps.gov/havo.

CU HAWAI‘I FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS OFFERING EMPLOYMENT as a Member Service Representative in Nā‘ālehu. CU Hawai‘i seeks energetic individuals for full time positions who enjoy working with people and can provide professional, courteous and efficient service to valued members.
     The ideal candidate must be service oriented and possess good communication and computer skills. Cash handling and customer service experience is preferred. Must be able to work Saturdays. CU Hawai‘i offers medical, drug, dental, vision and retirement benefits.
     Email, mail or fax application to: Attn: Human Resources, 476 Hinano Street Hilo, HI 96720, Fax: (808) 935-7793. Applications can be found online at cuhawaii.com/careers.html.